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Wednesday, March 5, 2008 By:JODY McNICHOL

ONEIDA - Getting a tattoo in the City of Oneida is now legal. The public health ordinance, which goes back some 100 years, has now been overturned with the ban on tattooing deleted. Some local Cub Scouts were on hand to see the decision at Tuesday's Oneida Common Council meeting. Oneida Pack 2 Webelos attended to earn the Citizenship Badge, said Leader Steve Potter. The fourth and fifth graders were introduced by Mayor Peter Hedglon, a former Scout leader, as "my troop." One of the boys, Spencer Rich, led the Pledge of Allegiance as the meeting came to order. The five boys, who also included Nick Docus, Sean McGranaghan, Ted Potter and Jeremy Howard sat quietly as council moved quickly through the meeting's agenda to get to the public hearing on the the public health ordinance. Noting the unusually large number of audience members, Hedglon commented that "I'd like to think it's because we are so entertaining, but I know it's about the subject of tattoos." After giving some guidelines for the hearing, for example, facts first, then opinions, and suggesting a time limit of three minutes per person, the hearing began. Tattoo artist Jarrod Genge was the first to the microphone, to say he was there to answer any questions. His wife, sister, parents and two-year-old son were in the audience. Genge is the only tattoo artist to pursue the topic with the city, a fact that was pointed out more than once by Jim Bacher, city engineer. He recommended waiting for regulations adding, "this is one person, one business. We can wait till there is some oversight. My hairdresser has to have a license. There should be some regulation." Don Moore, Ward 5 councilor, said "I don't have a tattoo; I don't ride a Harley; I don't have enough hair to braid, and I don't see anything wrong with it." Fire Chief Don Hudson talked about bringing business to downtown noting, "it's not about whether I have one or you have one, it's about the chance to bring in business. We can go anyplace in the county and get a tattoo except the City of Oneida." Mike Murawski, Ward 2, is opposed allowing tattooing and had a few questions and comments regarding cleanliness, discarding contaminated materials such as needles and gloves. He noted that the Madison County Board of Health recently contacted council members, via mail, to encourage them to leave the ordinance in place. Max Smith, Ward 3, said it was difficult for him to "come up with a reason why this young man can't open a business based on a

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"based on the compensation issue. I'd like to see some vouchers and who gives a monthly report to Hedglon. Oneida City Supervisor Jim Rafte asked for a few minutes to address the council. And Genge said the Electric Pen. Bacher told the council how he really felt. Rafte and Murawski held on to their no votes. a litigation specialist in Indian law. http://www. URL: http://www. a Journal Register Property 2 of 2 2/8/2011 12:42 PM .prt © 2011 oneidadispatch. 100-year-old ordinance and health codes that aren't even in place.. It was agreed that DeBottis would put together a summary of hours and breakdown of March 18. He recognized that city officials had requested that they be "on the same page as the county" with respect to issues pertaining to the recent recommendation by the BIA to put After a bit of going back and forth regarding cost." The decorations were tabled until the next meeting. In new business. "To be absolutely honest. Murawski asked for something general to know what the attorney was doing and when he exceeded his budget. spoke to the group. Rafte invited the council to attend an open meeting being held by the committee next Tuesday at 7 p." He noted that the Chamber of Commerce used to take care of all the decorations until the Oneida Improvement Committee "foisted it on the city. Murawski asked if City Attorney Mike DeBottis is a department head. " Bah Humbug. Hedglon was invited to attend a recent meeting of the Madison County Native American Affairs Committee meeting in which Dave Shraver.. Christmas decorations were the topic. I don't care if we don't do it at all.Tattooing legalized in City of Oneida . Moore and Brown. Hedglon said DeBottis is a department head." he said.086 acres of land into trust for the Oneida Indian Nation. prompting Murawski to ask for monthly report saying that. Area municipalities and school districts are being invited and Shraver will again be in town to discuss the decision and what it means.oneidadispatch. Oneida's first tattoo business will open on Madison Street some time next week.m." DeBottis. Smith. refurbishing or buying new." In the end it was four ayes from Jones. offered to put one together based on what he does for 10 hours per week but there is information that cannot be made public. When old business was brought up.oneidadispatch..The Oneida Daily Dispatch (oneid.

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